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15 things to do in Calgary in December

By SHAUNA MCGINN

The holiday season is in full swing, with a variety of markets, shows, craft sales and more underway. But peek behind the festive fun and you’ll find that this December goes above and beyond the typical offerings of the Christmas season, with unique events bound to make this month a memorable one.

Ellen Doty. Courtesy Take Aim Media.

ELLEN DOTY AT STUDIO BELL
As part of the National Music Centre’s Alberta Spotlight Series, Calgary-based singer-songwriter Ellen Doty will take the stage on December 6 for an intimate performance. Doty’s musical touch blends jazz, folk, soul, and indie-pop, which come together to create a style at once unique and distinctly soulful.

BIG ROCK BREWING WORKSHOP
Calgary’s own Big Rock Brewing Company will be at Heritage Park on December 6 teaching beer lovers how to craft their own brew from start to finish.

MIRACLE ON FIRST STREET YYC
Proof cocktail bar has morphed into a magical Christmas haven, complete with special holiday drinks like the Christmaspolitan and the Run Run Rudolph. Sip and get into the spirit from 4:00 pm – 1:00 am until December 23.

THE TENORS
Popular Canadian operatic group The Tenors are performing their Home for the Holidays show on December 8 at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL
See Canadian theatre star Stephen Hair play Ebenezer Scrooge for the 25th year in a row in this holiday favourite, on until December 23.

AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS
Catch this show at the Calgary Opera from December 7-9. Created by Gian Carlo Menotti, this one-act opera is the reimagined tale about the biblical Magi, or “wise men.” The story is told from the perspective of a young disabled boy who winds up accompanying the three men as they bring their gifts to Bethlehem.

AUGMENTED REALITY EXPERIENCE AT SOUTHCENTRE MALL
This display on the mall’s lower level, on until December 24, transports you to the Frozen Forest with Sammy the Snowman for a unique holiday shopping experience.

Courtesy Calgary Zoo.

ZOOLIGHTS
The Calgary Zoo is continuing its annual tradition of making the zoo glow with an array of holiday-inspired light installations that visitors can explore after dark while the animals are asleep in their enclosures. With plenty of chances to visit, Zoolights is perfect for date night, a quick photo-op, or simply to get into the spirit. Visit from November 23 – January 5.

TEDDY BEAR TOSS
It’s one of the only hockey games of the year where throwing something onto the ice is not just allowed — it’s encouraged. On December 9, bring a teddy bear or stuffed animal to this year’s game and aim it at the ice every time our Calgary Hitmen score a goal against the Kamloops Blazers. See if records can be broken for most stuffed toys crowded into a hockey rink at the same time.

HUMAN RIGHTS DAY 2018
On December 10, join the Calgary branch of the United Nations Association in Canada at the new Central Library for a panel discussion and screening of the film Indian Horse, based on the novel by the late Indigenous writer Richard Wagamese, in honour of Human Rights Day.

TELUS SPARK ADULTS ONLY NIGHT
This monthly event, taking place on the evening of December 13, sees the impressive science centre turn into a fun after-hours party where adults can sip and enjoy the space.

LYNDAL OSBORNE: MUTATION OF THE COMMONS
Hosted at the University of Calgary’s Nickle Galleries until December 15, this exhibition displays Osborne’s sculptures, which are inspired by forces of transformation in nature.

ONE BAD APPLE
Local playwright Charlotte Nixon has adapted the classic tale of Snow White into a unique stage experience hosted at the city’s Morpheus Theatre from December 7-15.

Courtesy Heritage Park.

ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS AT HERITAGE PARK
Heritage Park has transformed into a festive Christmas village, complete with carolling, food and drink, shopping and more. Visit on weekends from 9:30 – 4:30 pm until December 23.

ZORRO: FAMILY CODE
From November 27 – December 30, Alberta Theatre Projects is presenting a fresh, fun take on an old legend.

Hot Art Round-Up: Nov 15-18

By HOT ART YYC

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH

The Small Carvings Exhibit and Sale
Webster Galleries, through November 30

Art Market Art & Craft Fair 2018
Telus Convention Centre
Thursday & Friday (10 am – 9 pm) Saturday (10 am – 7 pm)  Sunday (10am – 5 pm)

Robert Bateman Sale
Avenida Art & Framing Gallery (through December 24)

Femme Wave 2018
Thursday – Sunday, various times and venues

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH

Christmas Artisan Sale
Christ Church, Friday 4 – 9 pm, Saturday 9 am – 5 pm

Thorncliffe Greenview Craft Fair
Thorncliffe Greenview Community Association, Friday 5 – 9 pm, Saturday 10 am – 3 pm

Anna Ostberg: Contrast + Camouflage
Ruberto Ostberg Gallery: opening receptions Friday (5 – 9 pm) Saturday (2 – 5 pm)

Calgary Night Market Holiday Shopping Series
Eau Claire Market, 5 – 11 pm

Christmas Launch & Open House
Loughheed House, 6 – 9 pm

The space, which is in between and neither before nor after
Blank Page Studio, Friday – Sunday

Kyle Beal solo exhibition
VIVIANEART Gallery, opening reception 6 – 9 pm

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH

Connections 17 – Art Sale
756 Parkridge Dr SE, 10 am – 5 pm

Farmers & Makers Market at cSPACE
cSPACE King Edward, 10 am – 1 pm

Winter Market
Millican Ogden Community Association, 10 am – 4 pm

Art Exhibition and Sale
Calgary Sketch Club, Canyon Meadows Community Association: 10 am – 4 pm

Hand Made Here Holiday Art Show and Sale 2018
Triwood Community Hall, Saturday & Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm

Christmas Show
Stephen Lowe Art Gallery, through December 24

Artisan Holiday Market
Marlborough Park Community Association, 11 am – 5 pm

Bee Kingdom Glass Christmas Sale 2018
Saturday & Sunday, noon – 5 pm

Robert E. Wood Solo Exhibition
Gainsborough Galleries, noon – 5 pm

Meet & Greet with Chris Kuzmanovich
Christine Klassen Gallery, 1 – 3 pm

Marjan Eggermont & Bill Laing – Opening Receptions
Herringer Kiss Gallery, 2 – 5 pm

Anthony Redpath: Distilled
Paul Kuhn Gallery, 2 – 5 pm

Do More with More – Stride Gallery Annual Art Auction Fundraiser
Stride Gallery, 8 pm – 11 pm


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH

Open Studio: The Stimulant
Arts Commons, 1 – 5 pm

Perspectives YYC Presents: Austin Kamenz
Vintage Caffeine Company (West Hillhurst), 2 – 5 pm

15 Things to do in Calgary in July

By KYLEE PEDERSEN

 

EAST VILLAGE JUNCTION POP-UP RETAIL PARK

Open each weekend during the summer, this innovative shipping container, shopping, and event hub offers lots to love, from retail therapy, workshops, music, and art to food trucks. 

SPRUCE MEADOWS NORTH AMERICAN

From July 4-8, show-jumping heavyweights from across the Americas will face-off at the third marquee tournament of the world-class Spruce Meadows summer series.

BELL LIVE SERIES AT THE KING EDDY

Photo courtesy Sebastian Buzzalino.

If the Calgary Stampede is a beloved tradition, tack on one of the concerts at the historic and newly re-opened King Eddy, which kicks into gear during Stampede from July 6-15 as a pop-up country bar.

TRADITIONAL STORYTELLING AT THE STAMPEDE INDIAN VILLAGE

Admission to Stampede gets you access to this special event, occurring once daily on July 8, 9, 11, 14 and 15.

ROUNDUP MUSIC FEST

Hey soul sister, on July 11 grab a friend and catch this year’s headliner, Grammy award-winning Train, perform alongside fellow rock acts Goo Goo Dolls, The Wallflowers and The Grapes of Wrath.

THE DEAD SOUTH

On July 12 you’ll be in good company when this Canadian folk-bluegrass ensemble comes to town.

INGLEWOOD NIGHT MARKET

This modern day market will be in Inglewood on July 13, hosting over 50 local vendors selling everything from handmade items to vintage clothing, antiques, collectibles and more.

LES MISERABLES

From July 17-22 this award-winning Broadway musical will be performed.

Photo courtesy Matthew Murphy.

OUT FOR LUNCH TOUR: ALEX JANVIER

On July 18 explore 65 years of art over the course of your lunch hour.

RIBFEST

Where the city’s best ribs, barbecue chicken and pulled pork will be cooked, smoked and served up from July 20-22. 

CALGARY STAMPEDERS

Go cheer on the Stamps on July 21 as they face off against the Montreal Alouettes.

CALGARY FOLK FESTIVAL

Catch 71 artists from 13 different countries perform from July 26-29. Headliners include A Tribe Called Red, Bahamas, The Barr Brothers and Lee Ann Womack.

JIM JEFFRIES 

Known for his distinct brand of unapologetic comedy and candor Jeffries will be in Calgary on July 27 with The Night Talker Tour.  

CALGARY ARAB FESTIVAL

This event from July 28-29 will share the richness of Arabian culture through folk dance, traditional music, food, art and more.

PET-A-PALOOZA

Bulldogs race, puppies stampede and our furry friends do some diving at the west coast’s biggest pet festival from July 28-29.

 

Panda-monium: Meet the Calgary Zoo’s Newest Residents

By RACHAEL FREY 

Photo by Silvia Pikal.

What’s black and white and cute all over? The Calgary Zoo’s four new residents, of course! The giant panda breeding pair Da Mao and Er Shun have arrived at the Zoo with their two little bundles of joy, twin cubs Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue. (more…)

15 things to do in Calgary in April

By RACHAEL FREY

Glory 

Photo by Erin Wallace, courtesy Alberta Theatre Projects.

If you think hockey and dance don’t go together, give this uplifting story a chance to change your mind. Told through music and dance inspired by the jazz age, it’s the story of four friends in the Depression era who set out to prove hockey isn’t just for men. Catch it playing from April 3 – 21. (more…)

Frida Kahlo’s life in photos and other can’t-miss exhibits

BY SILVIA PIKAL

FRIDA KAHLO’S LIFE IN PHOTOS

Frida Kahlo painting the portrait of her father, by Gisèle Freund/1951 ©Frida Kahlo Museum.

Famous for her vivid, imaginative and often surreal portraits of herself, Frida Kahlo explored gender, class, race and identity in her work. Now, until May 21 in a new exhibit at Glenbow, Calgarians have the chance to see another side of the famous Mexican painter. (more…)

15 things to do in Calgary in March

By RACHAEL FREY

Paw Patrol Live

Photo illustration courtesy Nickelodeon.

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Hot Art Round-up: Mar 1 – 3

By HOT ART YYC

Art by Jonathan Forrest, courtesy of Newzones.

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15 things to do in Calgary in February

By SILVIA PIKAL and MICHAELA RITCHIE

Photo by Andrée Lanthier/Courtesy Theatre Calgary.

Twelfth Night at Max Bell Theatre 

Calgary’s own Old Trout Puppet Workshop offers a fresh take on Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy Twelfth Night through this innovative production filled with inventive props and costuming. Follow along the journey of the shipwreck that separates and strands twins Viola and Sebastian in the mysterious land of Illyria. Playing at the Max Bell Theatre from January 30 to February 24. (more…)

Art Round-Up: Feb 1 – Feb 4

By HOT ART YYC

Photo by Kipling West.

Thursday, February 1

FosterMAK presents: I SPY – an EXPOSURE FESTIVAL exhibition
Loft 112, 4 – 9 pm (more…)

Q+A: Backstage at the High Performance Rodeo with Kelly Reay

Kelly Reay is currently the festival producer for One Yellow Rabbit, but a decades-long career has seen him travel across many of Calgary’s renowned stages. (Photo courtesy of the High Performance Rodeo.)

By MICHAELA RITCHIE

Like so many performing artists before him, Kelly Reay, festival producer for One Yellow Rabbit, was obsessed with storytelling from a young age. He dreamt of following his passion right to Hollywood’s doorstep, and first began working in Calgary’s theatre scene in hopes that the experience would make a perfect stepping stone to the silver screen. But an unexpected lesson learned early on later made it impossible for him to leave the stage behind.

“There is a richness and a uniqueness in this medium that you can’t achieve in any other, in film or TV,” he says. “Theatre is very much a communal experience—you’re there with this group of strangers, collecting shared experiences, and that rawness is ultimately one of the big things that drew me to theatre and made me stay. That idea of how visceral seeing a live performance is, and sharing that specific performance, on that night, with whosoever is in the audience.” (more…)

7 things to do in Calgary this week: Jan 15 to 21

By SILVIA PIKAL

Photo by Jason Dziver.

TRY A NEW RESTAURANT 

Make a fun New Year’s resolution to try a new restaurant! Check out our Top 12 Where to Dine Awards winners, or one of Where Calgary’s Top 5 Steakhouses!

PAINT AND SIP

On January 16, come to Vin Gogh Paint and Sip’s studio for discounted Tuesdays. You will get a canvas, easel, paint, brushes, apron and a glass of wine (or beer, coffee or tea). An artist provides step-by-step guidance and in just two hours, you will complete your own “red skies” painting. Must be 18 years of age or older. (more…)